The placenta is an integral component of your baby’s life support system. The placenta is responsible for transferring oxygen and nutrients between mother and baby. It produces pregnancy-related hormones and allows fetal waste to safely cross from the fetus to the mother. Placental tissue is comprised of undifferentiated cells known as Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs).
The placenta is a rich source of Mesenchymal stem cells and mesenchymal-like stem cells, which are multipotent in nature. This means they have the ability to differentiate into specialized cells with specific functions. Scientists have successfully repaired bones, cartilage and fat tissues using MSCs.
While waiting for FDA approval, placental tissue stem cells are currently being used in more than 50 regenerative medicine clinical trials worldwide. These studies include treatment for conditions, such as Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and spinal cord regeneration. Visit, www.clinicaltrials.gov to explore the latest studies with placenta stem cells.